A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
NCTA Statement on Anti-Asian Racism and Violence
As attacks against Asians and Asian-Americans throughout the country increase, the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) stands in solidarity with and offers its support to all individuals and groups that are being subject to violence and hate-crimes. As an organization dedicated to the teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide, NCTA strives to develop global citizenship based on the principles of cross-cultural understanding, equality, and justice.
We therefore speak out forcefully and unequivocally against the increase in prejudice, discrimination and institutionalized racism in the United States. Violence and hate crimes against others are in direct contradiction to developing an inclusive, democratic society and keeping the U.S. viable both economically and culturally. Every act of violence, every hate-crime, every case of discrimination threatens not only those against whom it is committed, it threatens all of us. The NCTA therefore stands in support of the efforts to provide support, protection and advocacy to those who are being discriminated against.
Established in 1998, the NCTA has long worked to assist K-12 educators to incorporate East Asia into the curriculum, with the goal of developing American citizens who are informed and knowledgeable about other areas of the world and their own place in the broader world.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.